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Scotland saw largest quarterly employment rise on record

Staff Writer |
Employment in Scotland rose by 51,000 over the last quarter - the largest quarterly rise on record, according to the latest ONS Statistics figures.

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Scotland has the second highest employment rate out of the four UK nations, with 65,000 more people in employment compared to the pre-recession high.

The ILO unemployment rate fell by 1.0 percentage points over the quarter with the unemployment level falling by 26,000.

Scotland continues to outperform the rest of the UK on female employment and unemployment rates. Furthermore, Scotland outperforms the rest of the UK on youth employment and unemployment rates.

Commenting on the statistics while visiting CMS Window Systems Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Employability and Training said: "There is much to be welcomed from these figures, including 65,000 more people being employed now than at the pre-recession high.

"However, we know that there is more that we can and must do. The Scottish economy has strong fundamentals, but as businesses face uncertainty during negotiations over our future relationship with the EU, we will ensure we work hard to protect Scotland’s relationship with the EU, and strive to make the most of current and future opportunities in our economy.

"The additional £100 million stimulus package announced by the First Minister is designed to help and support new and existing jobs and alleviate business concerns at this difficult time."

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